bananasfoster42 replied to your post : -20 in one month! got any secrets girl? took me a year to lose that much lol i guess curves isnt intense enough lol
I’ve done a lot of research about weight loss. Here’s what I’ve been doing over the past few weeks:
Diet. Did you know that 80 percent of weight loss is healthy eating? Neither did I before this year. Even if you work out every day, you can’t just “eat what you want” all of the time. Unless one is keeping a rigorous fitness diary, we all overestimate how much exercise we do and underestimate how much we eat. In order to counteract this, I’ve come up with a few rules about how I eat:
1. Smaller plates, smaller portions.
2 . The fewer ingredients, the better.
3 . If I can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.
4. Eat little but often.
I don’t drink beverages with calories in them—juice, soda, alcohol, milk, energy drinks or fancy coffee. Meals include fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats, oil and spicy condiments. I avoid most anything processed. I believe in the power of soups, salads and quinoa. Keeping a food journal, eating at home and preparing for temptation have all helped me control my diet. The best advice I’ve received regarding a diet is ‘be reasonable’. Too rigid, and it’ll backfire. Too lax, and it will backfire. Focus on making the most of what you can have, and get creative with it.
I have recently read Tim Ferriss’ In this book, the author suggests taking one day out of the week and eating all of the foods that tempt you to your heart’s content. Eat until you’re a little sick and you don’t even want to look at food. Then go back to your diet for the rest of the week. The idea is that it’ll protect you from “starvation mode”. When I first read that, I thought it was utter crap, but I wanted to try it and see anyway. The Four Hour Body.
It absolutely works.
I do not intend to incorporate this into my routine every week, or even every other week, but it’s a good thing to have every once in awhile. Sometimes, nothing’s going to cut it but a plate of nachos and a cold one. But when you keep a journal and see the calories in front of you, most of the time, it’s not worth it to eat the nachos when you’ve got to spend three hours running to burn it off.
Exercise. Playing soccer has really helped me this summer.I play with men (and a couple of other chicks) who are at all levels fitness-wise. A few of them can bend it like Beckham, but for the most part, it’s just a bunch of regular guys out to have fun. That put me at ease. Plus, working out in a team environment is good for you socially and adds accountability (don’t want to let the team down… or get picked last).
When I am not playing footie, I enjoy lifting weights ( no, ladies, you will not bulk up like a guy), doing Pilates (because the mysticism of yoga is lost upon me) and taking very long walks (running can get uncomfortable because I have big boobs). My parents have cable so I can do exercise videos on demand as well. The most important thing about exercise is consistency. Get up and move at least an hour a day. Don’t have time? The average American spends four hours a day watching T.V. (I know I spend at least twice that amount on the Internet). Make the time to do something that you’ll stick with and try not to hurt yourself. That’s exercise in a nutshell.
Sleeping. This is the part that is really hard for me. I am an insomniac and my sleeping patterns are irregular at best. But sleep is really, really important. That’s when the body heals. If you don’t sleep enough, your body’s going to be off-balance, which means you’re more likely to hurt yourself, eat badly or get sick. Find the right amount of sleep for you and be consistent.
Goals. When you have goals, working out is not a chore or aimless; it’s also easier to mark your progress and challenge yourself. My long-term fitness goals are to do handstands with ease, get good at rock-climbing and run two marathons next year. To get to those goals, I have to have smaller, more immediate goals. My current immediate goal is to look great at the next wedding or party I’m invited to and buy new clothes. Whenever I’m going through that last difficult set, I imagine the next dress I want to buy and push through it. Goals work almost as well as having a trainer yell at you—- and unlike trainers, . goals are free
Fitspo. “Fitspo”—short for “fitspiration”—is really, really helpful. I’ve found several fitspo blogs here on Tumblr, including –Fitspo, Finding a Balance, 6 Inches, The Tumblr Gym, Fitspiration For Life and Yummy Raw Food.
Seeing “GO WORK OUT” on your bulletin board, screen saver, tumblr dash or email is very helpful.
When I’m out of ideas for workouts or recipes, I go to
Women’s Health, Livestrong or Fitness. I also have email subscriptions to Sparkpeople, RealAge and Jillian Michaels.
And finally, I put money on it.
Stickk.com is a website where the basic premise is this: make a bet and set a goal. If you reach your goal, you keep the money. If you don’t, you have to donate a set amount of funds to a friend, charity or anti-charity. In my case, I work out five days a week so I don’t have to pay the N.R.A. 10 bucks a week every week for a year. Extreme? Yes. But it works!
I hope that you can take away something useful from this. I’m looking to lose 95 more pounds (though many people would look at me and tell me I only need to lose 15 more, the scale—at 225— says otherwise) so I’m in this for the long haul.